Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus

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Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
Established 1965
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. W. Charles Patrick
President Eric J. Barron
Academic staff
50
Students 1,000
Location Lemont Furnace, PA, USA
Colors Navy Blue and White
Mascot Nittany Lion
Affiliations Penn State University
Website fayette.psu.edu

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus is a Commonwealth Campus of the Pennsylvania State University. The campus boasts a Penn State academic education in a small-campus setting, featuring state-of-the-art facilities in a convenient and safe atmosphere, with easy access to urban offerings and the outdoor activities of the mountains. Fayette maintains an outstanding faculty as well as a learning center with tutors and resources to help students succeed.

Set among the scenic Laurel Highlands on what was once an 1800s-era farmstead, Penn State Fayette is located in Lemont Furnace between Uniontown and Connellsville, Pennsylvania (along Route US 119), approximately 60 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh and 30 minutes north of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus serves students from the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania covering a five-county area that includes all or parts of Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. The campus also enrolls students from many other states and even maintains a small international student population. Students at the Penn State Fayette campus can complete the first two years of most of the 160+ majors available in the Penn State system along with six bachelors degrees and eight associates degrees that can be completed entirely at the Penn State Fayette campus.

History of the Campus[edit]

Penn State originally founded an education center in the area in 1934, as part of an initiative to provide localized learning facilities that could grant associate degrees or allow students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree without the expense of living in University Park. However, the center was closed in the 1940s due to World War II. In the 1950s, the commonwealth campus system was established and local branch campuses, each fully integrated into the Penn State system, were established across the state. Fayette Campus opened in 1965; originally it was housed in rented space in downtown Uniontown, before relocating to its current site three years later.

In 2004, the campus was named for Robert E. Eberly, a wealthy Pittsburgh natural gas speculator who endowed his fortune to Western Pennsylvania higher education.

The mission of Penn State Fayette includes the development of a learning community that is committed to justice, integrity, equality, civility, dignity, and responsible citizenship. The Office of Student Life provides a multitude of activities for students, including community service initiatives, novelty activities, leadership and educational opportunities, social events, and cultural programming. Students can also choose from more than 20 student-run clubs and organizations. No matter their area of interest, students can always find something around campus that will enhance their education and learning experience, both inside and outside the classroom.

Academics[edit]

Class sizes average between 20 and 25 students and the largest classes on campus are typically no larger than 60 to 75 students.

Students at Penn State Fayette can complete the first two years of nearly all 160+ majors offered throughout the Penn State system. In addition, students can complete the following degrees in their entirety at the Penn State Fayette campus:

Bachelors degrees

  • Administration of Justice, BA/BS
  • Business, BS

a.) Accounting option b.) Marketing and Management option c.) Individualized Business option

  • Human Development and Family Studies, BS
  • Nursing, BS
  • Nursing RN to BS, BS
  • Psychology, BA/BS

Associate degrees

  • Business Administration
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Information Sciences and Technology
  • Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Mining Technology

Nontraditional, Adult Learner, and Veteran Students[edit]

Penn State University and Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus have a long history of providing opportunities for non-traditional students, such as adults and military veterans, to begin or complete their post-secondary education.

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus operates and maintains an Adult Learner Lounge where many non-traditional students choose to study and socialize in between classes while on campus. Penn State Fayette holds a number of events every year intended to recognize and celebrate the non-traditional students on campus. In many years, the non-traditional population at Penn State Fayette accounts for nearly 30% of the overall student population.

Penn State University has been recognized numerous times as being especially friendly to military veterans seeking to use their Post-9/11, GI Bill benefits to earn a college degree. In the 2015 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, Penn State University was listed as #2 on the Best Colleges for Veterans list.[1] On campus, the Student Veterans Association is one of the most popular student-run organizations on campus and hosts an annual Veterans' Day celebration. The campus maintains a website for veterans looking for more information on using their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.[2]

Admissions and Financial Aid[edit]

Students considering either Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus or any of the campuses of Penn State University can apply for admission by creating a MyPennState account, common to all campuses within the Penn State system. Successful applicants must complete an online application and submit both a High School Transcript and either SAT/ACT Plus Writing scores. Students with previous college credits must also submit a transcript from each previous post-secondary institution attended. Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus operates on a rolling admissions basis.

Admissions and Financial Aid counselors at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus can answer questions and assist students interested in applying to Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus or any campus of the Penn State University system. More information about applying to Penn State Fayette and contact information for the Admissions Office can be found on the Penn State Fayette Admissions website.

Nearly 90% of students at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus receive some type of financial assistance to attend the university. Students can receive both campus-based and university-wide merit scholarships in addition to need-based financial aid. The campus awards more than $500,000 annually in the form of scholarships and the average scholarship amount averages nearly $2,000. More information about financial aid and scholarships can be found on the Penn State Fayette Financial Aid website.

Athletics[edit]

Penn State Fayette teams participate as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The Roaring Lions are a member of the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country and wrestling while women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball and volleyball.

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Coordinates: 39°56′48″N 79°39′29″W / 39.946686°N 79.658114°W / 39.946686; -79.658114